Providing towels at your Airbnb is an absolute non-negotiable, but finding the RIGHT towels can feel nearly impossible. Most towels are way too expensive and way too nice for an Airbnb, given how often you’ll need to replace them.
Instead of spending hours searching for the right combination of high-quality and low-cost Airbnb towels, use the recommendations in this post to save tons of time and money.
If you’re looking for a FULL room-by-room checklist with EVERYTHING you need to set up your new Airbnb, check out this blog post: The Best Room-By-Room Airbnb Checklist: 100+ Essential Items.
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Can’t-Beat Towels for Your Airbnb
Bath towels / Hand towels / Washcloths
If you do a quick search, you’ll find that most bath towels cost $15, $20, or even $30 EACH. But those expensive towels are quickly going to get discolored and stained at your Airbnb. Given how often you’ll need to replace them, there’s just no need to pay for soft, plushy, and luxurious towels.
What’s worse is that most low-cost towels have huge issues. They fall apart after the first wash and shed so much lint that you’ll have to clean your washer and dryer after cleaning your towels!
That’s what makes these bath towels the hands-down perfect bath towel for your Airbnb. They’re not plush or luxurious, but they’ll stay looking great after many washes and are less than $10 per towel, so you’ll have no problem replacing them when they inevitably get ruined. Since starting my Airbnb, I’ve exclusively stocked these towels.
Airbnb Hosting Tip: Another can’t-miss detail at your Airbnb is cleanliness, which guests care a lot about. Make sure your towels instantly look and feel clean by choosing white bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.
The thing about hand towels is that they’ll get even MORE wear and tear than your bath towels. I replace the hand towels at my Airbnb all the time. That’s what makes these hand towels perfect–they’ll withstand many washes and at just $2 per towel, you’ll have no problem replacing them as needed.
Airbnb Hosting Tip: Don’t skip any towel on this list! Airbnb guests expect to have all three types—bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths.
Just like hand towels, you’ll need to replace your Airbnb washcloths all. the. time. (it seems like the smaller the towel, the more often they need to be replaced!). So, don’t even think about spending a ton of money on your washcloths. These washcloths are an absolute must-have for any Airbnb because they get the job done and cost less than $1 per towel, so you can easily replace them as needed.
Airbnb Hosting Tip: You may have seen those fancy black makeup towels commonly recommended for short-term rentals. In my experience, makeup towels are impractical and unnecessary. Since they’re black, you’d have to wash them separately from every other towel. Plus, they’re another thing to keep track of (which is hard to do at an Airbnb!) and are much more expensive than the towels in this post.
How many towels do you need at your Airbnb?
Bath towels: I recommend providing one bath towel per guest (based on your max occupancy, not the number of guests that actually booked) and keeping three backups per guest in your locked supply closet at all times.
Hand towels: You only need to provide one hand towel per bathroom. That said, I recommend keeping as many as eight backups per bathroom. That might sound like a lot, but they come in packs of 12, which makes it easy to have a lot on hand.
Washcloths: I recommend providing one washcloth per guest (based on your max occupancy, not on the number of people that actually booked) and keeping at least three backups per guest in your locked supply closet at all times.
I hope this Airbnb checklist saves you tons of time setting up your Airbnb. (Congrats, by the way! Starting your first Airbnb is a HUGE accomplishment!)
Don’t forget to bookmark this post for later, so you can easily access it when you need to buy something.
Oh, and if you like this blog post, you’ve gotta check out these, too:
- Airbnb Checklist: Bathroom Necessities Your Guests Will Love
- 15+ Essential Items to Keep Stocked in Your Airbnb Kitchen
- The Best Room-by-Room Airbnb Checklist: 100+ Essential Items
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